Phillies Nation Book Club Discusses Former Phillie Dick Allen

DickAllenPhillies Nation, a Philadelphia Phillies fandom website, will be holding their second book club meeting on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 pm in Holy Family University’s ETC Auditorium. The meeting will discuss the autobiography Crash—The Life and Times of Dick Allen.

Leading the discussion will be Frank Fitzpatrick, Editor and Writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1980 and Mitchell Nathanson, Professor of Sports Law at Villanova University and author of a book on Dick Allen. Brian Michael, Phillies Nation CEO/Founder and Sports Marketing-Management Coordinator at Holy Family University will be the moderator.

Dick Allen, known for his time with the Philadelphia Phillies during the late 1960s, was named Rookie of the Year in 1964. The highs of winning the award, along with the lows of losing the pennant in dramatic fashion, foretold his tumultuous career ahead. He hit baseballs farther than anybody in Philadelphia had ever seen; yet many fans despised him due to his boorish behavior and his race.

“We chose Crash for a variety of reasons,” Michael said. “First, the timing of the event more or less coincides with the MLB Hall of Fame announcements for this year's class. Dick Allen is a borderline candidate for the Hall, but there is growing momentum for his induction. We'd like to help amplify that campaign. Also, the story of Allen and his time in Philadelphia offers important lessons in race relations in the city. Finally, it's quite simply an easy-to-read book that we hoped a lot of people will pick up and read if they haven't already. The numbers prove Allen is one of the greatest hitters of all-time; yet he doesn't get the credit he deserves—we'll discuss why.”

Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions at the event and readers can submit questions in advance.

Please RSVP to this free event via the Phillies Nation website.

This is the second Phillies Nation book club event at Holy Family University. The first meeting took place in October 2017 and discussed the book Macho Row: The 1993 Phillies and Baseball's Unwritten Code by William Kashatus.